Plymouth Marjon University is partnered with Plymouth Raiders Basketball Club. Our students benefit from access to professional athletes and we work together to inspire future generations to participate in sport and to recognise the benefits of teamwork.
Plymouth Marjon University and Plymouth Raiders have had a strong relationship since the inception of the Raiders in 1983. The Raiders team now play in the British Basketball League (BBL) – the premier basketball league in the UK and Raiders have firmly established themselves as one of Plymouth’s ‘big 3’ sports teams, alongside Argyle and Albion. Many Marjon alumni have played for the Plymouth Raiders including ex Plymouth Raiders coach Gary Stronach, Jamie Burchell, Dean Williams, Rod Wellington, Deng Deng, Myron Riley and Gavin Love. We currently have three students that play for Raiders; Denzel Ubiaro, who studies Sport and Exercise Science, Tola Okiki, who studies Sports Therapy, Josh Palmer, who studies Business and Isiah Walker who studies Sports and Exercise Psychology.
The University is the main sponsor of Plymouth Raiders and provides the training base for the Raiders team. The club’s offices are located on the University campus and the team trains exclusively at the University’s multi-purpose sports complex where it uses the sports halls, our BASES accredited sports science lab facilities and our extensive sports therapy clinic. Our students, therefore, have the opportunity to study and work directly with professional basketball players on a daily basis in the areas of sports therapy and rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, sports psychology, video analysis or sports development.
The partnership means students of Sport Coaching, Sports Therapy, Strength & Conditioning and Sport & Exercise Science and Sport Journalism get to work with professional athletes. Our student basketball team has been making huge strides in improvement due to the partnership which includes the Plymouth Raiders Lead Assistant Coach Danny Magee coaching the University basketball team and ensuring that the bond between the Raiders and the University teams is close.
The Marjon Basketball 1st team were promoted to Western 1A in the British Universitires and Colleges Sport (BUCS) league for the 2019/20 season and a 2nd team was added to the BUCS Western 3A league due to the growth of the club.